How’s this for kismet: One fateful day in 1966, singer Tony Bennett met and took a photo with a couple after one of his shows.
Little did Bennett know at the time, his future wife was there, too: She was the baby growing inside the belly of the female fan.
) on their arms, it’s still kind of a mystery why so many females take up with old dudes.
According to Business Insider, evolutionary psychologists say that younger women and older men often get together because while fertility lasts only from puberty to menopause in women, it starts at puberty and can extend long into midlife for lots of men.
Online dating stats bare out that average joes are just as enamored with younger women as their famous counterparts.
Each example disgusts me anew in a way that’s probably not entirely defensible: I think I might be angrier about these couples than I am about a good many important political issues.
That means there’s a strategic advantage for women to snag an older gent—he’s had more time to accumulate resources and stability than his younger counterparts, which could make him a more viable partner and father.
Plus, a 2010 study by University of Dundee in Scotland found that as women become more financially independent, their tastes skew toward older—and better-looking—men.
One famous man even married a woman 60 years his junior.
Hugh Hefner married Crystal Harris on December 31, 2012 when he was 86 and she was 26. Other famous men who have married much younger women include Frank Sinatra, Kevin Costner and Woody Allen. Larry King TNT Extra 3Also Ranked #30 on The All-Time Greatest Late Night Talk Show Hosts #24 on Celebrity Death Pool 2016 Jerry Seinfeld married Jessica Sklar on December 25, 1999, when he was 45 and she was 28.
Why do you think so many men choose to marry women who are half their age? Larry King married Shawn Southwick in 1997 when he was 64 and she was 38. King has been married seven times previously to six different women. The couple are still married, and they have three children together.
Bennett and Benedetto may make for a particularly striking example (“Lovely fetus you’ve got there, ma’am, here’s my number, have it call it me in 18 years or so”), but older men getting romantically involved with younger women is hardly a rare phenomenon.
Every day, there seems to be another outrageous new celebrity coupling announced via pictures of some May-December frolicking: Jennifer Lawrence sharing a lollipop with Darren Aronofsky; Sean Penn dating Vincent D’Onofrio’s daughter; Mel Gibson having his ninth child with his 26-year-old girlfriend; Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen double-dating with their 47-year-old and 58-year-old respective beaus; Leonardo Di Caprio’s sending another lady-love packing upon her reaching the ripe old age of 25.